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A Long Walk Up the Water Slide (Neal Carey #4)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  459 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Neal Carey has to keep the mob, the FBI, and a major television personality from killing his newest client-- but he's tempted to do the job himself.

Sometime student and ever-reluctant detective Neal Carey would rather be finishing a dull doctoral thesis than staring down the nose of a loaded gun-- but his new assignment doesn't sound dangerous. All he's got to do is pull o
Paperback, 277 pages
Published July 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1994)
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Les Edgerton
Jun 21, 2011 Les Edgerton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think of Don Winslow's work as I do of Miles Davis'. There's long been a debate among jazz fans as to who was better--Miles or Dizzy. I vote for Miles. Reason? He took chances outside of his comfort zone. Not all of those chances worked--most did, but not all. But, by going outside the box, he created brilliant music. Gillespie, on the other hand, was a brilliant virtuoso, but once he found a place of success, didn't depart all that much from it. At least not to the extent Miles did.

And, that'
Apr 02, 2015 Matt rated it liked it
I was worried Winslow was reverting to The Trail to Buddha's Mirror, but instead of being a poorly motivated book, it's the mob! This ended up being exactly what I was expecting, so I was pretty satisfied. Still a looooong way from his modern books, but satisfying.

This time Neal Carey is in charge of protecting a rape victim. But is she really a rape victim? Her accuser, her accuser's wife, the media, a porno rag, a hit man, and the mafia are all after her. There is good excitement, some decent
Richard Thompson
Jun 06, 2017 Richard Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, best1017
I stumbled across this book in the local library's catalogue while checking on Winslow's new book and put a hold on it on spec. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.

Neal Carey is quite happy being out of the detective business and back to his studies, but his mentor seeks him out to take on a new job for the Friends of the Family. He wants Neal to play Higgins to Polly Paget's Eliza to prepare her to go to court to testify against her "boss" who she alleges had raped her. A LOT of p
Jonathan Dunsky
Dec 31, 2015 Jonathan Dunsky rated it really liked it
The fourth Neal Carey mystery is the best of the bunch (so far). Neal is charged with protecting Polly Paget, a woman who claims she'd had an affair, and was raped by Jack Landis, a succesful TV presentor who hosts a family-oriented show with his wife, Candice.

Polly is the stereotypical bimbo, so Neal is asked by Friends of the Family, his agency, to teach her to speak and present herself properly, so she could convince the public that she was indeed raped.

Once Polly moves in with Neal and his g
Craig Childs
May 21, 2015 Craig Childs rated it it was ok
I discovered Don Winslow last year with Savages, one of the best novels I read in 2014.

I grabbed this audiobook for a road trip last week hoping for a story of similar depth and nuance. Unfortunately, A Long Walk Up the Water Slide was a big disappointment. It lacks the authentic atmosphere, in-the-know dialog, and shocking violence that made Savages so much fun.

This was written 20 years ago and was clearly inspired (ripped off) from the Jim Bakker/ Jessica Hahn scandal. It feels like cross betw
Apr 11, 2012 gert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, this series took a turn somewhere between the first book and this one. less dark, less noir-ish. this is closer to a elmore leanard (i can't spell that right. too lazy to look it up) than anything else, i'd say. lots of twists, lots of secondary characters (most of whom turn out to be primary characters). some scams - some of which we as readers know about, others we find along w/the characters.

as the previous three books, this one ends in a 'wha'?!? so what happens now!?' vibe. but since th
Aug 23, 2016 Torben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin wohl etwas übersättigt. Laut Werbetext der beste, lustigste Teil der Serie. Die Erzählung ist schon skurril und aberwitzig, vor allem die Passage in Vegas. Leider fehlt Spannung, da auch die Geschichte schwer durchschaubar ist. Viele Personen und Namen verwirren, Winslow benennt einige Figuren sogar ohne Erklärung mit mehreren Spitznamen, also ist es Masche. Vielleicht soll es den Plot auch künstlich etwas komplizierter machen als er ist. Der letzte Teil der Reihe steht schon in meinem B ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Amateur detective, Neal Carey, is busy building a non-detective life for himself when he's asked to take on 'a little simple assignment'… He's to train this hick sounding young woman how to talk and conduct herself so that she has credibility as a witness in an important trial. Of course, if you've read any of the other Neal Carey books, you know immediately that this is neither a little or a simple assignment and quickly turns into murder and mayhem. Don Winslow is truly a gifted story teller a ...more
Oct 18, 2013 Ed rated it really liked it
#4 in the Neal Carey series. Neal Carey works for "The Friends of the Family", the investigative arm of a mob-connected RI bank. This is the 4th of a 5 book series featuring the likeable and ingenious Neal Carey.

Neal Carey mystery - the 'Friends of the Family' want Neal to babysit and improve the elocution of a woman acusing a TV host of rape. In no time, various factions have found her hideout and seek to kidnap or murder her.
Aug 14, 2012 Nancy added it
Neal is asked to tutor a woman who is accusing a family hour TV star of rape. The woman comes to live with Neal and Karen in Nevada. She is pursued by the mob and various other groups. The wife of the rapist joins everyone in Nevada and they all flee to Las Vegas. Neal finally straightens out the mess and he and Karen are still together.
May 09, 2016 Diogenes rated it liked it
3.5 stars
A delightful adventure in absurdity, often very funny in dialog and interesting in plot. Winslow evokes the style of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiassen with a sardonic view of religion, greed and vanity.
Apr 07, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
Truly fun, truly funny. Neal Carey is still trying to complete his thesis, still hiding out in Austin NV when Friends of the Family comes with another assignment. A family-values TV host, his wife and mistress, a hit man and the Mob make Neal's life dangerously complicated
Feb 16, 2010 Bradley rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-bookshelf
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Jul 01, 2016 Geoff rated it it was ok
ok, so i never bothered finishing this one, just go sick of Neal bloody Carey
Jul 27, 2015 henrys-axe rated it really liked it
A tad bit overdone but overall, as with the others in the series, an okay read.
Apr 05, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Another good one in the Neal Carey series. Lots of LOL moments in this audiobook. Narrator Barrett Whitener is a perfect match for this series. Sadly, only one more Neal Carey book to go.
Aug 17, 2010 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
A bit tedious (though an early work by this master of genre writing). But always funny, always dark, always compelling.
Jul 27, 2012 Hitomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 31, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it
Recommended to Tom by: Julia
not as harsh as Winslow's later books The Power Of The Dog - but a good medium paced thriller.

Ideal to read when suffering from a cold (that's how I did it)
Jun 12, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Don Winslow is my new Lee Child. Witty, engaging characters, fast-moving plots. It's a little tough to keep track of all of the characters, though, especially for such a short book.
Ben Hamilton
May 07, 2012 Ben Hamilton rated it really liked it
Love this series. Characters are great and the writing is clever. Highly recommend.
Jul 24, 2013 Frank rated it it was amazing
A really fun listen, significant contrast to the previous Winslow Neal Carey, High Lonely, which was darker. I liked the accents and intonation which added to the narrative.
Dec 10, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I love these books, they're interesting quick reads. Can't get enough of them.
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Don Winslow was born in New York City but raised in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. At various times an actor, director, movie theater manager, safari guide and private investigator, Don has done many things on his way to being a novelist.

His first novel, A Cool Breeze On The Underground, was nominated for an Edgar, and a later book, California Fire and Life, received the Shamus Award. The Death An
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